In order to fulfill its mission to the citizens of Anderson County, the Anderson County Library System provides access to an extensive range of informational, educational, and recreational resources, including those available through the Internet. This policy has been established to ensure responsible and appropriate use of the Internet and computers within the library system.
Penalties for Policy Violations
If you violate this policy, you may lose Internet access or other library privileges. If you break the law, you may be prosecuted by local, state and federal authorities.
Rights and Responsibilities of Users
The Internet enables access to a wealth of valuable and reliable information from a variety of sources. However, unlike most materials found in a library (books, magazines and audio-visual materials, which are selected by professional library staff) it also provides access to information that may be inaccurate, controversial, illegal, personally offensive to the viewer, or inappropriate for children. Individual users must exercise judgment in evaluating the validity and appropriateness of information retrieved via the Internet and must assume personal responsibility for their use of the workstation. The Anderson County Library System cannot be held liable for the content of any Internet site.
While the library upholds users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality in their use of all library resources, the nature of electronic resources makes it impossible to guarantee these rights. Since some Internet sites may be inappropriate for viewing in a public setting, users should exercise discretion in consideration of the rights of others.
The Internet provides access to valuable educational and informational resources for minor children and youth, who are expected to abide by this policy. As with other library resources, the library affirms the responsibility of parents to determine the appropriateness of Internet resources for their children. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to supervise their children’s Internet use, as library staff cannot act in the place of a parent or guardian and assume this responsibility.
The library will implement software and/or network control mechanisms designed to limit or restrict access to sources of information or images deemed to be obscene within the scope of federal and state obscenity laws and the constitutional test for obscenity provided by the United States Supreme Court in the "Miller Test" announced in "Miller vs. California", 413 U.S. 15, 24-25 (1973), "Smith v. United States", 431 U.S. 291, 300-02, 309 (1977), and "Pope v Illinois", 481 U.S. 497, 500-01 (1987), etc.
The library will also implement software and/or network control mechanisms designed to limit or restrict access to images that may be deemed to be child pornography, containing a visual representation of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct, as defined in 18 U.S.C.2256. There is an inference that a participant in sexual activity, depicted as a minor through its title, text, visual representation, or otherwise, is a minor.
For Library purposes pornography is defined as information or images that may be deemed to be obscene, including hardcore pornography depicting sexual acts where penetration of the genitals is clearly visible, or where lewd exhibitions of the genitals, excretory functions and masturbation are exhibited.
Child pornography is defined in the same manner but with children as the focal point. It includes sexually suggestive photographs of children with the child portrayed as half or partially clothed, posed in such a way as to suggest or depict a willingness to engage in sexual activity or sexually coy attitude.
This policy replaces the policy approved
by the Anderson County Library System Board of Trustees, 1997,